Measuring Suicidal Behavior and Risk in Children and Adolescents

Pages: 303
Item #: 4318001
ISBN: 978-1-59147-008-3
List Price: $19.95
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Copyright: 2003
Format: Hardcover
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Measuring Suicidal Behavior and Risk in Children and Adolescents offers practitioners and researchers practical, up-to-date information on a wide range of instruments used to evaluate suicidal behaviors in children and adolescents. In this critical and comprehensive reference book, the author describes conceptual, definitional, and psychometric issues important in evaluating and comparing various assessment instruments and then focuses on available instruments that can be used for screening purposes or as adjuncts in detecting, describing, or estimating the risk of suicidal behavior.

Among the types of instruments reviewed are psychiatric diagnostic interviews, self-report inventories, and survey screening items developed for several specific populations such as Native American youths, runaway and homeless youths, and gay, lesbian, and bisexual youths. The author also discusses clinical considerations in the choice of instruments and has included recommendations for future research in this area as well as a set of decision rules to help readers choose those instruments that meet their specific needs.

Table of Contents

List of Measures


I. Overview

  1. Introduction: Measuring Suicidal Behaviors and Risk
  2. Conceptual and Definitional Issues

II. Detection Instruments

  1. Structured and Semistructured Psychiatric Diagnostic Interviews
  2. Interviews Specifically Focused on Suicidal Behaviors and Clinician-Rated Indices
  3. Self-Report Inventories and Behavior Checklists
  4. Survey Screening Items for Suicidal Behaviors

III. Risk Assessment and Other Instruments

  1. Assessing Risk of Suicidal Behaviors: Self-Report Questionnaires and Clinician Rating Scales
  2. Assessing Risk of Suicidal Behaviors: Multitiered Screening Assessments
  3. Assessing Intent and Lethality of Suicidal Behavior
  4. Other Suicide-Related Instruments

IV. Conclusion

  1. Summary, Recommendations, and Future Directions




About the Author

Reviews & Awards
The accessibility and coherence of the book are among its main strengths. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to obtain practical information about the available instruments currently used in the measurement of suicidal behaviors, and in the assessment of risk for suicidal behaviors, in both children and adolescents.
—The British Journal of Forensic Practice